Change Cursor Shape in Console in Windows 10

In Windows 10 build 18298, are a number of changes were made to the built-in console subsystem of the operating system. There is a new "terminal" tab in console option that allows adjusting several new options for the Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. One of them is the ability to change the cursor shape.

Windows Console subsystem is utilized by certain built-in apps of Windows 10, including the Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. In Windows 10 Build 18298, which represents the upcoming version 19H1, also known as version 1903, you will find a set of experimental options of the console.

These settings are "experimental", because in certain scenarios, it's possible that they might not behave like you would expect them to, may not make it into the next OS release, and may change completely in the final version of the OS.

One of the is the shape of the cursor. It will be set for the specific shortcut you used to open a console instance. E.g. if you have multiple command prompt shortcuts, you can set the desired cursor shape for each of them individually. This way, PowerShell, WSL, and the command prompt may have their own independent settings.

Console Cursor Shapes

At the moment of this writing, Windows supports the following cursor shapes for the console.

Legacy Style - this one is the classic console cursor.


Vertical Bar

Empty Box

Solid Box

Here is how to switch between them.

To change the cursor shape in the console in Windows 10,

  1. Open a new command prompt window, elevated command promptPowerShell, or WSL.
  2. Right-click on the title bar of its window and select Properties from the context menu.
  3. Switch to the Terminal tab.
  4. Under Cursor Shape, set the desired cursor shape.

You are done!

Tip: With Windows 10, Microsoft added an ability to have a semi-transparent console window for cmd.exe, and PowerShell. It's a lesser known feature that you can change the transparency level on the fly for the current window with hotkeys. See

Change Command Prompt Transparency in Windows 10 with Hotkeys

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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